Newcastle United is thin at center back already, which makes the red card given to Fabricio Coloccini in Sunday’s derby loss to Sunderland hard to stomach.
Many understand referee Bobby Madley’s decision to award a penalty kick to Sunderland for Coloccini’s shoulder barge into onrushing Steven Fletcher, but public opinion seems to be on the Magpies’ captain’s side when it comes the red card awarded for denial of a goal-scoring opportunity.
Goalkeeper Rob Elliot was close to scooping the ball up when Fletcher flailed his arms and hit the turf. DOGSO? Maybe not, and Newcastle is protesting the decision.
A Regulatory Commission will hear the appeal on Tuesday afternoon.
If the dismissal stands, the defender will miss Newcastle’s home game with Stoke on Saturday.
We expect the suspension to stand, though Madley’s peculiar performance bears another mention. Madley dealt out three yellow cards to NUFC, while giving noted hard man Lee Cattermole multiple verbal warnings but no cards.